Coffin containing the remains of the late Minister Mustapha Ali

Coffin containing the remains of the late Minister Mustapha Ali

Thousands of mourners from all walks of life yesterday afternoon paid their last respects to former Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris who died last Sunday at the 37 Military Hospital.

The mortal remains of the late Alhaji Idris was flown into Tamale and a massive Islamic burial ceremony was held for him at the Tamale Central Mosque before he was finally interred at the public cemetery off the Kumasi road.

Several mourners could not help but shed uncontrollable tears as the pallbearers lowered the remains of the former minister to his resting place with sections wailing in anguish over the sudden death.

Alhaji Idris? death on Sunday sadly coincided with his 60th birthday according to sources close to the family which indicated that he had gone to the health facility for a review, but was admitted on arrival.

Many consolation messages from various stakeholders including a delegation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Sheik TB Damba were delivered to the bereaved family.

Tributes from various groups catalogued the good works of the former minister as a public servant, politician and in his personal life noting that his death was a big blow to the country.

The NPP, in particular, described him as a selfless leader who diligently held the fort of the region and advocated for a united Northern Region while as a minister. They prayed for his peaceful repose and urged the family to take heart.

Dr. Clifford Braimah appealed to the youth who were looking up to him as a mentor to take solace in the Lord for his knew beyond the ordinary.

The former minister, who died from an undisclosed sickness at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, was a staunch member of the NPP.

He served as Works and Housing Minister and also as Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister under President John Agyekum Kufuor during the party?s two-term rule.

 From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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